Whether that is going on a virtual tour or concert to going to the virtual theatre there is so much to do this spring. We have put together a few ideas on things that you can do from home over the next couple of weeks.

St Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green. Unfortunately, there will be no parade this year but Manchester Irish Festival have loads of videos on their Facebook page.

Jonathan Schofield is doing a Zoom tour – Irish in Manchester at looking at the stirring story of one of Manchester’s key communities who have been making their mark on this city for centuries. It will be free to join, although contributions are welcome.

Frog and Bucket

If laughter is the best medicine, then the Frog and Bucket is the best dispensary.

Each Saturday the Frog and Bucket bring you the very best of the comedy circuit direct to your home with Barrel of Laughs Online! Every Monday their legendary open mic night Beat the Frog Online! is streamed direct to your home.

There is limited front row seats available to allow interaction via a zoom invite. General Tickets will receive a link for broadcast but will be able to interact via twitter.

Arty Farty

Virtual Factory – Manchester International Festival 25 March

This is the latest installment in the monthly series of micro-international festivals created and streamed from home by Greater Manchester artists. It is both a celebration and a satire on all things arty.

Everyone’s welcome and it’s all free.

The North Will Rise Again

Manchester and Liverpool are uniting to host a live-streamed micro-festival which will be split across two days, with the 27 March being live-streamed from Liverpool’s iconic Invisible Wind Factory. The Lightning Seeds will headline, preceded by Red Rum Club and Zuzu. On 28 March, the festival will stream from Manchester’s recently saved Gorilla, where The Charlatans will top the bill.

Tickets are available from £10

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Bolton Octagon 16 to 31 March

Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde the digital show will utilise elements found in radio plays, films and documentaries as well as traditional theatre techniques. It is dragged kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. Influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal for his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But the true cost of his deal will have to be met. The cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, Russell Tovey, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry.

Tickets are £12 and is recommended for everyone aged 16+

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Join Flecky on an online tour of Manchester’s Haunted Underground, the Haunted Clock Tower or the Stockport Ghost Walk. With a completely unique style he will entertain you with his dark humour and passion for his subjects. Expect 120 minutes of scary fun.

Tickets are £10

Stay Well

Manchester Art Gallery online 27 to 28 March

Being confined to our homes, whether with family or on our own can be a challenge to our wellbeing. To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery are offering some simple mindfulness sessions inspired by art.

Spring Begins 20 March

Whoop Woop! Spring starts today!

Once you have seen the daffodils you know that Spring is on its way. Whether pushing through the grass of a damp meadow or forming rippling rivers of gold in the dappled shade of ancient woodland, the sight of daffodils is a true springtime treat. Look out for them on grassy banks near roadsides or in local parks while out getting your local exercise.

If you are looking for more suggestions on what you can do please get in touch with the visitor information team at visitorinformation@manchester.gov.uk.